Former President Trump visits McAllen

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 9:28 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2021 at 6:45 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - Former President Donald Trump touched down in the valley on Wednesday.

He was invited to the U.S. Mexico border by Governor Greg Abbott to talk border issues and visit the unfinished wall.

Supporters from all over Texas included Webb and Zapata County drove to the area to show their support.

North of Edinburg was absolutely packed with supporters of the 45th president Donald Trump.

A few of the faces in the crowd were from the area of Webb and Zapata County all wanting to get a look at the former president.

On Wednesday, supporters from all over Texas stopped by the valley to see Trump, including Sandra Whitten, the District 28 Congressional Candidate.

”This is patriotism at its finest, and yes these flags out here say Donald Trump on ‘em or say Trump on ‘em, but that was just the face of the movement this is the breath behind it,” said Whitten.

Luis Garza Junior, the Zapata County Republican Party Precinct Four Chair was also in attendance.

“I think it’s important that our surrounding counties and fellow conservatives all help one another and unite so that we can help change the politics of our area,” said Garza.

The group was able to catch Trump passing through to the area into the South Texas International Airport in Edinburg.

But earlier in the day, the former president met with Governor Greg Abbott in Weslaco to discuss border security.

During the briefing, the governor shed light on several things impacting the state.

“Mr. president, things have changed so quickly and so dramatically under the Biden administration, it has been amazing and disastrous,” said Abbott. “For one, if you look over your numbers this May versus last May, the increase of people coming across the border who have been apprehended has gone up more than 800%.”

Towards the end of the briefing, Trump did address several of the issues including the influx at the border.

“The problem with the open borders is that countries are opening up their jails, they are opening up their prisons and they are letting their prisoners out,” said Trump. “You notice their prison populations are way down. They are letting all of their murders, rapists, drug dealers and human traffickers out and they are coming to the United States of America.”

Something else brought up during the briefing was that DPS troopers are seeing a 2,000% increase in fentanyl seizures. That number does not include Border Patrol’s statistics.

After the briefing, Trump toured the border along with Governor Abbott.

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